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Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has called on Ministers to meet with him to ensure the town is included in broadcasts by a new television station covering North Wales.

Mr Lucas, along with other North Wales MPs, met television company Bay TV and OFCOM last year to discuss the launch of the channel – which will broadcast to towns and villages across North Wales. Currently, for technical reasons, the station’s licence will not cover Wrexham – but after meeting with Bay TV, Mr Lucas was told that – subject to some small changes being made – Wrexham could also receive the service.

After raising the matter yesterday, Mr Lucas is now to arrange a meeting with Ministers to put the case for Wrexham’s inclusion.

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Image,53473,enGlyndŵr University is to host what has been described as ‘the best denominational collection of modern art outside the Vatican’.

For ten weeks between January 19 and March 26 forty works from the collection will be on display across two venues; Wrexham Methodist Church in Regent Street and Oriel Sycharth at the University.

“I first came across the Methodist Collection of Modern Art when I stumbled into a tent at the Greenbelt Festival. I could not believe that the Methodist Church – my Church – had such a wonderful collection. I was so overwhelmed that I wept,” said Rev Richard Sharples, Minister at the town centre Methodist Church.

The collection is one of the best kept secrets of the Methodist Church. It was the initiative, in the early 1960s, of a Methodist layman, Dr John Morel Gibbs of Penarth, just outside Cardiff.

He was very conscious that within the Methodist Church and indeed within Non-Conformist Churches in general there was little appreciation of the insights that contemporary artists could bring to the Christian story.

Today the collection comprises 50 works including works by Patrick Heron, Graham Sutherland, Eric Gill and Ceri Richards, and is regularly exhibited across the UK.

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Image,53662,enFilm, music, art and TV professionals will provide an insight into working in the UK’s £71 billion creative industries when an annual careers event is opened up to the public for the first time.

Members of the arts community will be able to attend free talks and events at Creative Futures, organised by Glyndŵr University, in March 2015.

The four-day careers, enterprise and employability conference has brought more than 200 media professionals to North Wales and helped over 2,000 students gain valuable career advice since launching in 2009.

It is being expanded this year to support young arts professionals and new arts organisations, as well as students, following a grant from the Arts Council of Wales (ACW).

More than 40 presentations, seminars and workshops on everything from freelancing to building creative portfolios will be held at venues across Wrexham from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015.

Full details of the programme and information on how to book places will be available from mid- February.

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Students at Coleg Cambria in Wrexham have launched a music single to raise money for the college’s nominated charity, Teenage Cancer Trust.

The song, Believe in Me, performed by student band Glo is being released on itunes – Believe in me

A music video has been produced to accompany the song, directed by media student Cameron Williams 18, from Bagillt, who has first-hand experience of dealing with cancer:

“I was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer at the age of 11 and cleared two year ago at the age of 16.  When I was first diagnosed with cancer I was really confused, everything was caving in on me and I felt completely powerless and suffered from a really low self-esteem.  Teenage Cancer Trust helped me out hugely and picked me up.

“Believe in Me is an amazing song, the lyrics are really heartfelt and really show how I felt during that time.  Please buy the song as it will raise money to help more people like me. ”

The video can be viewed on YouTube.

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1512Halle01A care organisation has developed a pioneering training course thanks to a musical collaboration with one of the world’s top orchestras.

All members of staff at Pendine Park in Wrexham are being trained to use the arts as a way of improving the quality of life for the residents of their seven care homes.

The partnership with the Hallé was facilitated by Arts and Business Cymru, who bring the worlds of arts and business together.

Pendine Park’s Artist in Residence, Sarah Edwards, is passionate about the value of the work with the Hallé and the new qualification which is the first of its kind in the UK.

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